Amazin Look Back- April 21, 1973: Mets Shut Out Expos

By Rich Sparago

The Mets defeated the Montreal Expos 5-0 today at Shea, before a crowd of 40,011. Harry Parker and Tug McGraw combined to blank the Expos, as the Mets pushed their record to 7-5 on the season. Parker started and pitched the first 7 innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out 7 and walking 2. McGraw pitched the 8th and 9th innings, allowing one hit, and a walk, while striking out 2.

April 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman

David Wright

(not pictured) glove, hat and sunglasses lay in the dugout during the spring training game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets scored three in the sixth, on RBI singles by George Theodore, John Milner, and Jim Fregosi. Milner closed out the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. Milner’s home run, his fifth of the season, plated Rusty Staub ahead of him. Staub had reached on a walk.

Here’s a look at the starting lineups for the game:

New York Mets:

Bud Harrelson SS

Felix Millan 2B

Willie Mays CF

Rusty Staub RF

George Theodore LF

John Milner 1B

Jim Fregosi 3B

Jerry Grote C

Harry Parker P

Montreal Expos:

Pepe Frias 2B

Tim Foli SS

Mike Jorgensen 1B

Ron Fairly LF

Ken Singleton RF

Jorge Roque C

Coco Laboy 3B

Terry Humphrey C

Balor Moore P

Up Next: The Mets will conclude their brief two-game series with the Expos at Shea.

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